Wicked Summary & Study Guide

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"Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" is a novel about Oz's most feared villain of the same name. Written by Gregory Maguire, the novel entails a journey very different from that of Dorothy, as the Wicked Witch of the West is born in the land of Oz, branded as strange the moment she is born, by her deep green skin. Elphaba, as she is named, is tolerated by her alcoholic mother, Melena, and her missionary father, Frex. From a young age she is taunted for the color of her skin, but she is also headstrong and highly opinionated. Her mother begins an affair with a primitive man named Turtle Heart, and it is clear that Frex is not her biological father. She grows up traveling as her father preaches to the Quadling Countryside, and eventually meets Glinda and many other friends at the college of Shiz. There, she and her friends learn that Animals--animals who talk--are being treated unfairly by the Wizard. Elphaba becomes particularly upset by this development, and Glinda grows close to her during this time. Alongside a steadily growing group of friends, most of whom take kindly to Elphaba, they become at odds with their college's headmistress, Madame Morrible. When their favorite professor, a Goat by the name of Dillamond, is murdered, Elphaba and Glinda suspect Morrible's involvement. The incident was witnessed by Glinda's caretaker, Ama Clutch, who suffers from shock and ultimately passes away from witnessing the brutal slaying. Elphaba abandons the college that night, and spends the next several years attempting to murder Morrible for her role in the professor's death. During this time she becomes romantically involved with a former college friend, Fiyero, the crown prince of a land directly west of the Emerald City. On the night Elphaba attempts to kill Morrible, Fiyero is killed, and Elphaba spends many years hiding in shame and fear for being responsible. Eventually, she travels to his homeland to meet with his wife, Samara, to beg for her forgiveness, but Samara refuses to hear details concerning her husband's death. She is trapped with Samara and her whole family, including her sisters and children, for the winter, during which she discovers the boy she was sent to travel with is her son, and Fiyero's illegitimate child. Samara's daughter, Nor, discovers the broom that Elphaba was given to by a Mistress Yackle, is magical and allows one to fly on it, so Elphaba uses the broom to visit her family. She discovers her sister, Nessarose, has become the Eminent Thropp in Munchkinland. She returns to Samara's home to discover Oz soldiers have assaulted and captured the family, leaving no one alive but Liir and Elphaba's aging companion Nanny. When the tornado strikes Munchkinland and kills her sister, Elphaba returns and decides to recover her sister's magical shoes, in order to keep them out of the hands of the Wizard, but she very quickly learns that Dorothy has been sent on a mission to kill her, and returns to her tower to await the girl's arrival. There, grief-stricken after a long life of disappointment and confusion, the Witch confronts Dorothy, and accidentally sets herself on fire when Dorothy begs for her forgiveness. In an attempt to save her, Dorothy throws water over the Wicked Witch, killing her instantly.

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